Best of Covered Wagon Women

Best of Covered Wagon Women

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Univ of Oklahoma Pr
The diaries and letters of women who braved the overland trails during the great nineteenth-century westward migration are treasured documents in the study of the American West. These eight firsthand accounts are among the best ever written. They were selected for the power with which they portray the hardship, adventure, and boundless love for friends and family that characterized the overland experience. Some were written with the skilled pens of educated women. Others bear the marks of crude cabin learning, with archaic and imaginative spelling and a simplicity of expression. All convey the profound effect the westward trek had on these women.

For too long these diaries and letters were secreted away in attics and basements or collected dust on the shelves of manuscript collections across the country. Their publication gives us a fresh perspective on the pioneer experience.


The diaries and letters of women who braved the overland trails during the great nineteenth-century westward migration are treasured documents in the study of the American West. These eight firsthand accounts are among the best ever written. They were selected for the power with which they portray the hardship, adventure, and boundless love for friends and family that characterized the overland experience.


Baker & Taylor
Eight firsthand accounts in very different voices tell what life was really like for women traveling in covered wagons by way of overland trails during the westward migration of the nineteenth century and the effects it had on them and their families throughout their journey to a new and unknown world. Original.

Book News
Eight firsthand accounts of women who braved the overland trails during the great 19th-century westward migration are collected here. The accounts were selected for the power with which they portray the hardship, adventure, and family and friendship bonds that characterized the overland experience. Some were written by educated women, and others bear the mark of cabin learning, with archaic spelling and a simplicity of expression. Each account begins with an introduction to its author and what is known about her life. A few b&w historical photos are included. Holmes (1914-95) was a professor of history at Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University). Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780806139142
0806139145
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Holmes, Kenneth L.
Alternative Title: Covered wagon women

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